Sandoval Signpost


An independent monthly newspaper serving the community since 1988
  Community Calendar

To submit a nonprofit listing:
E-mail your calendar listing to: Or click here to submit your event online.. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

Monthly: Various community events at Loma Colorado Main Library. The library will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311,

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Extended hours available. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $19 dollars per day. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 1-4 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. 934-2649.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). Learn about the Clubs’ many varied activities. Membership is open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area, including Sandoval County, for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. It’s a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, single’s and men’s groups, etc. Info: 321-6970,

First Tuesdays: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

Third Tuesdays: Book Sale at the Martha Liebert-Town of Bernalillo Public Library. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Located at 124 Calle Malinche in Bernalillo. 867-1440,

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. Info:

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Fourth Tuesdays: Placitas Democrats and Friends. 6-7:30 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Library. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, national offices., 259-5860.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

Wednesdays: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. 6-7 p.m. Have a Desire to Stop Drinking? Celebrate Sobriety with us and learn how to stay sober. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas (Room 8), Just south of Highway 550 in Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m.     Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. Sandoval County Ext. Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.
First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Attendees should bring all of their paperwork. Expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho., or 301-2009.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays (except December): Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

First Thursdays: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 1-4 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road in Bernalillo. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

First Thursdays: Art and Music at the Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, Rio Rancho. Info:, 505-891-5013.

First and third Thursdays: Sandoval County Commission meeting. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

Second Thursday: Support meeting for all Parkinson’s patients and    care givers. 1:30-3 p.m. Held at St.Paul’s Church 1101 Golf Course Road in Rio Rancho. The New Mexico Parkinson Disease Coalition (NMPDC) works to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson’s through education, awareness, and support.

Third Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. At the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted at the library and Placitas Post Office.

Fourth Thursdays: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Last Thursdays: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at 433 Meadowlark SE in Rio Rancho. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

Fridays: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. Geri: 620-8802.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

First Fridays: Monthly luncheon of the Democratic Party of Sandoval County. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Range Cafe in Bernalillo, 925 Camino del Pueblo. Sandoval Democrats gather once a month (most months) to welcome speakers, candidates, and government representatives. You pay for your lunch from the menu, or come for the meeting.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheons. 11:30 a.m. Public is welcome.  Held at the Inn at Rio Ranco, located at 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd. Sandra Atwood,, 554-5054.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. Sandia Ranger District: 281-3305.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

Fourth Saturdays: Community Flea Market at Homestead Village in Placitas. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per space, $10 table rental, $15 pop-up tent rental. No food or drink sales or firearms permitted. Donations of items can also be dropped off at the library. Info: Ellen at 404-8657,

March 31: Song-writing workshop at Placitas Community Library. 2-4 p.m. 435 Highway 165.

April 1: All-faiths Easter Sunrise Service. 7-10 a.m. Held at Jemez Historic Site. Jemez Historic Site hosts an all-faiths sunrise service, with the Jemez Valley Baptist Church, the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, the Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church, and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church participating. After the service, take in the picturesque ruins and scenic vistas. Jemez Historic Site is closed for the remainder of the day. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

April 4: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. This month features speakers from Jericho Nursery. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more information, see or contact Linda Suydam at 771-0295.

April 4: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Fun Night at the Town of Bernalillo Public Library. 5:30-7 p.m. Located at 24 Calle Malinche. 867-1440.

April 5: ¡Explora! Family Science hands-on event at the Town of Bernalillo Public Library. 1-4 p.m. Drop in and have some fun. Located at 24 Calle Malinche. 867-1440.

April 8: Albuquerque Concert Band—Bruce Kroken Scholarship Award concert. 3-4 p.m. Held at Eldorado High School PAC—11300 Montgomery Boulevard NE. Free admission. Open to the public.

April 8: “A Tribute To Ophelia Rinaldi,” presented by Sandoval County Historical Society. 2 p.m. The military service of Fred Sandoval, Ophelia’s father, will also be shared. DeLavy House, Bernalillo.

April 11: Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Committee movie and discussion. 6:30 p.m. “Starting Small.” This film is a great primer for teachers, childcare workers, parents, grandparents that presents models for early childhood education that recognize and appreciate cultural and ethnic differences and support cooperative citizenship with others in the community. Held at Placitas Community Library.

April 13: Artist reception for Placitas Elementary School students’ multi-cultural artwork. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. The exhibit, “Planet Art: creativity across cultures,” will be on display until April 26.

April 14: Members of the Live Poets’ Society will read from their latest publication, Scenes from the Live Poets’ Society, Volume V. 4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

April 15: Ethan Ortega, recently promoted to Educational Coordinator and Supervisory Archaeologist for the Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites, will offer a lecture titled, “False Truths, Restored Ruins, and New Artifacts: Looking Beyond the Oxymoronic Past of Coronado Historic Site Through Field Work.” 2 p.m. Admission to the lecture is $5 for adults; members of the Friends of CHS are FREE. Located at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), located on Edmund Road and Highway 550, in Bernalillo.; 815-978-5327.

April 17: Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Committee movie and discussion. 6:30 p.m. “Bullied” chronicles the story of Jamie Nabozny, a gay student whose ordeal with being bullied started in sixth grade and continued through high school. He ultimately went to court and fought for the right to be safe at school. Held at Placitas Community Library.

April 18: Board Game Night at the Town of Bernalillo Public Library. 5:30-7 p.m. Lots of games for all ages. Located at 24 Calle Malinche. 867-1440.

April 21: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society Celebrates International Astronomy Day! Starting at 6 p.m. Activities will include a solar walk, UV kids, crater making, and constructing a star chart. Special guest speaker Jim Greenhouse, director of Lodestar Planetarium will give a talk on the night sky starting at 8:30. Telescopes will provide views of the sun and other astronomical objects, weather permitting. The event will be held at Rainbow Park Observatory with solar telescope viewing until sunset. Regular telescope viewing will be available thereafter, weather permitting. This event is free and open to the public.; 220-5355.

April 22: Put a Spring in your step at Jemez Historic Site. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rangers will lead a hike up Oak Canyon (aka Church Canyon). This is a strenuous hike over rough terrain (approximately 1.5 miles). Hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a sack lunch. Rangers will do their best to identify the species of flora and fauna encountered. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

April 22: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring award-winning pianist Haochen Zhang and visual artists Dorothy Bunny Bowen, wax resist dye on silk; Elżbieta Kaleta, paper cutouts and mixed media; Preston Photography; and Judith Roderick, art quilts. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display from March 31 to April 27. The concert and visual artist reception take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. For ticket information and further details, see page 2 of this Signpost.

April 27-28:Annual Spring Garden Fair and plant sale. 1-6 p.m. on Friday; 8-noon on Saturday. Huge selection of wonderful plants including Heirloom tomatoes, locally–grown bedding plants, Roses, annuals, herbs, and perennials, locally grown xeric plants, plus Dahlias, Daylilies, hanging baskets, container plants, African Violets and houseplants. The Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevardd NE. Free. Sponsored by the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs a 501 (c) 3 NonProfit organization.

May 2: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Fun Night at the Town of Bernalillo Public Library. 5:30-7 p.m. Located at 24 Calle Malinche. 867-1440.

Top of Page

Ads Back Issues Contact Us Home Calendar Community Links Featured Artists